Jenn's Policy Priorities

We need Jenn in Hartford because she isn’t afraid to prioritize good policies over partisan politics. She has spent her career focused on data-driven solutions to the problems we face, and will work tirelessly to rebuild our economy, strengthen education in CT, protect our environment, and invest in desperately-needed mental health services. Jenn will head to Hartford prepared to stand up for our seniors, fight for gun violence prevention, and invest in transportation infrastructure.

 

Jenn is an independent thinker who believes that we deserve better at this critical moment in time. She embodies strength in character and morals, and is committed to bringing civility and unity back into governance.

Strengthen Education

I have spent my career ensuring children have access to excellent educational opportunities. I worked in a high school on the west side of Chicago, and as a school administrator in NYC where I managed both special education and our data-driven instructional model. I spent time as a policy and data analyst for the CT State Dept. of Education, and most recently here in Fairfield, as a member on our Board of Education, where I also Chair our Finance Committee. Education is the legacy our generation leaves to the next, and it is our moral obligation to ensure that children have equitable access to high-quality schools. We can do this while also finding creative solutions to maintain efficiency and affordability.

To Support Our Schools We Must:

Provide transparency to the Education Cost Sharing Grant funding formula

Prioritize reimbursement for capital improvements to fast-track clean air initiatives                                             

Offer student loan forgiveness for CT’s college graduates who start a business in CT or go into a growth sector such as biotech or green energy, and stay for at least 5 years   

 Tackle Covid-related challenges by:

  • Leveraging the state’s purchasing power to bulk order COVID-related materials such as PPE, sanitizer, hand soap, cleaning supplies, plexiglass dividers, etc. to minimize costs for districts

  • Creating a clearinghouse of vendors with better rates for other Covid-related expenses such as: signage, sinks, fans, touchless dispensers, tents, and technology

PAID FOR BY JENNIFER LEEPER 2020, ERIC NEWMAN, TREASURER. APPROVED BY JENNIFER LEEPER.